London Eye

A Trip to London

London EyeEnjoyed a wonderful day in London yesterday. I wasn’t working, but a camera was with me, of course. I started off with a walk around the city, shooting some dizzying upward architectural shots. For these I shot bracketed sets, with the aim of producing some tone-mapped HDR images.

Then after a river cruise and a very nice Italian meal, the highlight of the day was a flight on the London Eye. I timed it to coincide with the golden hour at sunset, and was not disappointed. The light was fantastic, and the view of the countless lights across the London cityscape was stunning.

I had an ultra-wide angle lens with me, and made the most of the flight with some shots of the interior of the pod, plus an ambitious stitched panorama of London from near the top. Shooting handheld, I needed to up the ISO and open the aperture wide as the light was dim. I also deliberately underexposed and corrected this in my RAW editor. A useful trick for getting the shutter speed just fast enough to avoid shake.

Tower Bridge HDR

London Eye Panorama